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De Palma (2015)

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A documentary about writer and director Brian De Palma.
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In the annals of Hollywood film since the artistic glories of the New Hollywood era, few have a better reputation and body of work in the field of suspense films exploring the contemporary darkness in American life than Brian De Palma. Here, the great film writer and director takes, us in his own words, through his professional life and a career that redefined film horror and suspense. All the while, he also confesses the challenges of working in Hollywood and the price even the great artists pay for being a part of it. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Being a director is being a watcher


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Rated R for violent images, graphic nudity, sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Brian De Palma said, that initially there was no plan for a documentary feature, only an interview: "Noah and Jake were interested in this new digital camera, so Jake bought one. They wanted to make a record of all these stories that I'd told them over the years when we'd had dinner together, so they sat me down in Jake's living room. Jake operated the camera, Noah did the sound, and they would just ask me questions." [2016] See more »

Goofs

When Brian De Palma is talking about the movie "Carrie", he says "While Billy is reading his poem", when he should have said "While Tommy is reading his poem", because he mistook Tommy Ross as Billy Nolan. See more »

Quotes

Brian De Palma: My wife is my movie, not you.
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Connections

Features Fiddler on the Roof (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Dressed To Kill (Main Title Theme)
From the motion picture Dressed to Kill (1980)
Written by Pino Donaggio
Conducted by Natale Massara
Published by Harlene Music Publications
Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Inc.
Under license from Sony/ATV Publishing
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Compelling and personal
8 October 2015 | by ujtcSee all my reviews

This interview/documentary on Brian DePalma's work is completely fascinating - it's not bloated with expert perspectives or critical assessment of DePalma's work. Rather we get an unfiltered story from the director himself which works its way through the last 50 years of cinema and discusses in much candor the highs and lows of a directing career. Particularly compelling are the practical steps DePalma took to stay relevant in a rapidly changing industry, as well as his pragmatic approach of dealing with hard-nosed movie executives, difficult actors and minuscule budgets. Throughout the DePalma's interview narrative is supplemented with clips from his own movies as well as other contemporary pieces, which convey the story line brilliantly. The documentary was filmed over the course of a view days based on dinner- time conversations between DePalma and Bombauch/Paltrow. Wonderful editing, amazing perspective; a must-see for any film lover or aspiring director.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Де Пальма See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,355, 12 June 2016

Gross USA:

$165,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$168,045
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1.85 : 1
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